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Leipzig for kids

Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Grab your little explorers and discover Leipzig's "wild side". At Leipzig Zoo, you and your loved ones will be transported to a unique world of plants and animals. A world right in the centre of the city. The only thing you need to bring along is plenty of time! Leipzig Zoo is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and zoos in Europe with one of the widest ranges of animal species on exhibit. We're sure you will find a favourite animal there. At "Gondwanaland", Europe's largest tropical greenhouse, you can walk the treetop paths or meet the gentle giants who inhabit Pongoland, the largest enclosure for great apes in the world.

However, Leipzig also has a "wild side" beyond the city centre for you to explore. Whatever the weather, at Wildpark Leipzig in the Connewitz district, visitors can enjoy a walk through Leipzig's floodplain forest. In the park, magnificent stags wait to be fed while the wild pigs grunt in the mud and the racoons play around happily in the treetops. To round off a perfect family day out, don't miss the huge playground, the Wildpark restaurant or the Russian log cabin.

Just a short distance away from Leipzig, the Eilenburg and Geithain animal parksare great destinations for some relaxed animal spotting.

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Amusement Parks and Playgrounds

It is always a great idea to go to a playground. It makes a fun day out in Leipzig even more entertaining. Throughout the city you will find countless playgrounds for kids, with plenty to offer for your youngest adventurers as well as their older brothers and sisters.

Even if the weather is bad, there is so much for families to do in Leipzig. You don't need to be confined to your hotel room. You can be sure that the indoor playgrounds really are suitable for all ages! KAWI-Kids, located in Leipzig's Südvorstadt district, is perfect for toddlers. It offers games, fun and music for your little ones up to 2 years old to play and run around. This will also help them to develop their motor and sensory skills.If you have teenagers, they can get in on the action at JUMP House Leipzig. It's the largest trampoline park in Central Germany, with a fantastic variety of trampoline areas, a Ninja trail and the HOLOGATE virtual reality world. There are ten different attractions for jumping, competing and burning off some energy that guarantee plenty of fun and action. What's more, it offers a fantastic experience for the whole family, not just the kids! To make the most of the JUMP family entertainment, we recommend you buy the FamilyJUMP ticket for up to 5 people. 

Anyone who likes a healthy portion of adventure on holiday should make their way to BELANTIS Adventure Kingdom. The largest amusement park in Central Germany promises fun, adrenaline and adventure for visitors of all ages. There are numerous rides at BELANTIS for younger kids as well as excitement for the older ones. You can expect a fun-packed day out for the whole family.

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For Knights and Princesses

Fairytale enchantment awaits visitors to the Leipzig region. Where once upon a time the brave knights and nobility of Saxony strolled in the courtyards, you can now explore their beautiful castles and palaces. Any daring dragon slayers and enchanting damsels among you will love the numerous events for kids at the castles, palaces and gardens in and around Leipzig. From medieval experiences in knights' armour and historic musical encounters to enchanting tours of castle ruins, you will certainly never get bored. As a great side effect, your offspring will also learn some interesting facts about bygone eras. We can also particularly recommend the excellent events available for kids' birthday parties. Does this all sound good to you? Then saddle your steed and ride off towards Mildenstein CastleRochlitz Castle or Kriebstein Castle for your next adventure.

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For Young Water Lovers

Bad weather need not stop your young water lovers from enjoying their favourite element. In the Leipzig region, there are numerous places where you and your loved ones can spend a relaxing day in the water. In East Leipzig, the Sachsen-Therme spa and thermal pools provides over 18,000 square metres of activities for kids, including wave pools, water slides and whirlpools. The good news is that it also offers recreation for adults, with a large sauna area, hot tubs and relaxation rooms. Anyone heading to the south of Leipzig can take a dip at Riff leisure pools and spa in Bad Lausick. The Riff water paradise is certified specifically as a family-friendly leisure facility and has everything you need for a day at the pool with your kids. A great special offer for Leipzig Card holders means that a 3-hour ticket is valid for 4 hours.

When the weather warms up, the perfect time of year has arrived for exploring the Leipzig New Lake District. Leipzig is surrounded by one of the most extensive areas of man-made lakes in Europe. Does that sound like a lot of water to you? Well, it certainly is! It also sounds like a lot of fun for water lovers of all ages. The lakes known as "Cossi" and "Kulki" as well as Markkleeberg, Zwenkau, Schladitz and Störmthallakes await you and your little swimmers just outside Leipzig. The water quality is excellent (Lake Kulkwitz has received several awards). There are plenty of water sports, as well. Our tips include the Wasser-Fun-Park (water fun park at Lake Schladitz), wakeboarding (at Lake Kulkwitz) and various places for paddleboarding (now available at all the above lakes).

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For Explorers

Do your kids love to get to the bottom of things? We have the perfect ideas for them for a great day out in Leipzig. And the best news is that we can guarantee you will learn some new and interesting facts. If you would like to learn more about the history of Leipzig, it is worth a stop at the Museum of City History. For anyone interested in plants and fauna the Natural History Museum in Leipzig is a fascinating place to visit.

At the Leipzig Museum of Printing Art, your kids can do some printing and even take a wonderful souvenir home at the end of the day! At the "Typesetting and Printing" workshop, a 60-minute guided tour with glimpses into the museum and the history of printing is followed by a session lasting between 30 and 60 minutes where children can typeset their own name (or even a short text). Afterwards, they can print it themselves at the printing press. Our tip: also suitable for kids' birthday parties!

A particular highlight for visitors of all ages is the Museum of Fine Arts. At the INSPIRATA Interactive Museum and the UNIKATUM Children's Museum, great importance is attached to audience participation and maximising the learning effect. The motto here is "learning by doing"! The interactive exhibits are designed for visitors to learn about things by interacting and experimenting with them.

At the Schumann House you are of course welcome to join your children in tracing the footsteps of Clara and Robert Schumann. Alongside musical exhibits and colourful projected images, your youngsters can lightheartedly explore the musical playground that combines nature, fun and music.

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For Adrenaline Junkies of All Ages

There are many ways to make it to the top in Leipzig and the surrounding region. If climbing is your thing, try one of our numerous indoor and outdoor climbing centres. Located in the northeast of Leipzig, the Climbing Tower is the only one of its kind anywhere in Europe. It is an old water tower with a 40-metre façade with three levels for climbing. Even in bad weather, fun can be had climbing inside the tower up to a height of 30 metres. The "No Limit" climbing hall offers a separate area for children where even the very youngest can dare to attempt their first few metres.

In the summer, the climbing parks at Lake Markkleeberg and Lake Albrechtshain welcome visitors to enjoy an action-packed session several metres above the ground.
Afraid of heights? Then we recommend you head for Markkleeberg Canoe Park. Anyone hungry for adventure can expect one of the most modern white water canoeing centres in Europe with raging rapids and plenty of waves. You can also try riding the "standing wave".

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For Devoted Listeners

If your little gnomes are also fans of fairytales, it is a great idea to take them to the fantastic theatres in Leipzig. The Sterntal Puppet Theatre in Leipzig city centre has been staging performances for over twenty years. The lovingly enacted plays with marionettes and puppets are guaranteed to captivate young audiences ages four and up. You will find it an especially magical experience. If you have older children, it is well worth travelling to western Leipzig where the Theater der Jungen Welt (theatre for children and young people) offers a varied programme for all ages. Classic stories are retold and fairytales enchantingly narrated.

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For the View From Above

It is also tempting to spend part of your holiday just relaxing and drifting through the day. Take your loved ones out to see Leipzig from above and climb the "Wackelturm" observation tower in Lepzig's Rosental Park or the "Bistumshöhe" at Lake Cospuden. Alternatively, ride the lift to the 29th floor of the City Tower at Augustusplatz and enjoy the view out over the entire city. The Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Marienbrunn offers a unique view of Leipzig all year round. The 364 steps up to the observation platform are sure to tempt your little rascals to race each other to the top. If you are pushing a pram, you can use the barrier free access via the lift.

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Family Friendly Hotels in Leipzig

The choice of a suitable hotel also needs some careful thought if your holiday is to be a success. A family has different needs than a business traveller. We have put together a selection of family-friendly hotels in Leipzig for you.

in Leipzig Centre:

Aparion Apartments: very spacious, each with its own kitchen

Vienna House Easy Leipzig: has a large family room with comfy furniture, cots and laundry services on request, themed rooms

MEININGER Hotel at Leipzig Central Station: numerous modern features such as late check-out, guest kitchen, play area, family discounts, family rooms with up to 4 beds (for all types of familes) and cots at no additional charge

Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig: a large and spacious apartment with room service, kitchen and washing machine

In Leipzig:

Suite Hotel Leipzig: spacious family suites with plenty of natural light, breakfast for children under 13 is free of charge

Ibis Hotel Leipzig Nord-Ost: non-smoking rooms only, children under 12 stay free, pets are allowed (including the family dog)

In the Leipzig region:

Seepark Auenhain: located right on the shore of Lake Markkleeberg, certified family-friendly, children under 12 can stay in their parents' room free of charge, cots and roll-away beds, meal deals for kids and a children's menu, a playroom to romp around in

Dünenhäuser im Lagovida: situated in the sand dunes at Lake Störmthal, large, luxury holiday homes with their own stretch of beach by the lake, a playground and a restaurant

Family-Friendly Restaurants

Taking the kids out to eat can be fun for everyone – at the right restaurant. We have some tips for places to go to ensure your family meal is a success. ;-)

Glashaus in Clara-Zetkin Park: right inside the park, friendly staff, nappy-changing room, high chairs, children's play corner, plenty of space

Restaurant Palmensaal (Palm-tree Hall) at Leipzig Zoo: great breakfast buffet, children up to 110 cm tall eat for free, children up to 140 cm pay half price, nappy-changing room, high chairs, plenty of space, play corner, a fantastic start to a day at the zoo!

Milchbar Pinguin: delicious ice cream, great homemade cake, plenty of space, nappy-changing room, children's play corner

Russian Blockhaus in the Wildlife Park: large playground right outside, numerous animals close by, delicious mulled wine and children's punch in the winter, rustic little teahouse

Gasthaus und Gosebrauerei im Bayerischen Bahnhof: fantastic brewery and pub in the summer with a marvellous, large beer garden and a children's playground

Villa Hasenholz: large beer garden on the edge of the floodplain forest, some play areas and above all, plenty of space to run around.Music pavilion in Clara-Zetkin Park: great breakfast spot in the warm months, lots of space in the beer garden, right inside the park, high chairs, nappy-changing area, delicious food and delicious ice cream

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Book Tip for Leipzig With Kids

If you would like to find out more about Leipzig, we recommend taking a look at an adorable book called "Unser Leipzig". Join Lipska the little monkey girl in exploring our beautiful city. It is the perfect way to prepare for your trip to Leipzig! You can purchase this picture book with short texts from the Windy Verlag. Available only in German.
Do you still have questions? Then please get in touch with us!

Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Social Media Editor
Phone: +49 (0)341 7104-340
Email: social.media@ltm-leipzig.de


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